The climate of Santa Barbara is classified as dry-summer subtropical. Summers and falls are the driest, warmest times of the year, which have the most sunshine. The daytime temperatures during this time of year are typically from 75-85F, with night-time temperatures from 55-64F. Winter and spring are the rainier, mild times of the year, with daytime temperatures from 60-65F and night-time lows around 41F. The water during this time of year is usually around 55F.
Santa Barbara's climate is often described as Mediterranean, and the city has been promoted as the "American Riviera".
The average warmest month is August. The highest recorded temperature was 109°F in 1985.
December is the average coolest month and is probably not the best time to travel to Santa Barbara. The lowest recorded temperature was 20°F in 1990. The maximum average rainfall occurs in February.
The best time to visit Santa Barbara would be around October, when it’s pleasant with little to no rainfall.